Cuban Firms Compete in Blue-Scorpion Fraud Against Cancer

The directors of Labiofam in Las Tunas launched a crusade on Wednesday to contain “the indiscriminate hunting of the blue scorpion.” (Periódico 26)

By 14ymedio

HAVANA TIMES – Gema, a 65-year-old from Havana, received the news in 2013 that she had liver cancer at a fairly advanced stage. In a rapid physical decline, she clung to the recommendation made by a neighbor to look for blue scorpion venom, because the product could “stop the advance of cancer.” In a tiny jar accompanied by a dropper, the woman obtained a few millimeters of a liquid that she had to mix with plenty of water and consume every day. When the amount of venom in the bottle decreased, she made new contacts to buy the “miracle formula.”

Without a label, expiration date and sold in the informal market, the veracity and effectiveness of the product was based on trust. “The person who sells it to me gets it from a laboratory, where they discovered its properties,” she said one day to friends who were curious about the venom. Hundreds of pesos later and after many glasses of diluted drops, she died. She still had two jars of scorpion venom left that her nephew sold to another interested patient. A couple of small, amber-colored jars, unlabeled, surrounded by promises of improvement and recovery.

Patients from all over the world have come to Cuba as a lifeline since, in 2011, the state-owned Labiofam introduced Vidatox, a drug whose active ingredient was the venom of the Cuban blue scorpion (Rhopalurus junceus), to which it attributed “proven anti-tumor, analgesic and anti-inflammatory efficacy.” The researcher in charge of explaining the product – and its master mind – was the young microbiologist Alexis Díaz, who then reported that there were already customers eager to try it in Spain, Italy, Albania and several Latin American countries.

The empire continues to grow, always under “the highest authority” of Díaz. (Escozul)

Vidatox was not the hen with the golden egg that Havana was hoping for, although hundreds of patients bought it, and many paid for months of treatments in Cuba. Soon, international oncologists began to warn cancer patients about the scam. In a few years, the drug was so discredited worldwide that some clients and relatives of deceased patients ended up calling it “Cuban water.” To keep a low profile, Labiofam then began to qualify Vidatox as a homeopathic product (a pseudotherapy based on water and alcohol solutions).

In an unprecedented acrobatic maneuver in Cuban Public Health, the creative team of Vidatox – including Díaz – shut down Labiofam and formed a new international research group, Lifescozul, which claimed to sell “the most advanced formulation of the blue scorpion venom” – Escozul – while harshly criticizing Vidatox.

Vidatox, they insist, is manufactured by Labiofam, a company that specializes in “products for veterinary use,” and does not contain “a single molecule of the blue scorpion venom.” But the criticism doesn’t stop there, Díaz’s team warns. Vidatox not only does not cure anyone but also “causes and accelerates metastases due to the high degree of alcohol it contains.”

On the contrary, they argue, the Escozul brand – “created by Cuban scientists” supervised by Díaz – is available in more than 30 countries, although “it is in the Health Registration phase” for commercialization. The company’s website

Leer más >>


Artículos Relacionados




Si desea contactar NoticiasCubanas.com, el portal de todas

las noticias cubanas, por favor contáctanos.

¡Estaremos felices de escucharlo!


Con gusto le informáremos acerca de nuestra oferta de publicidad

o algún otro requerimiento.





Términos de uso

NoticiasCubanas.com es gratis para todas las personas, nosotros no cobramos ningún cargo por el uso del sitio de ninguna manera. Leer los artículos es completamente gratis, no existe ningún costo oculto en nuestro sitio.

Proveemos una colección de noticias cubanas, noticias internacionales sobre Cuba para cualquier persona interesada. Nuestros usuarios utilizan NoticiasCubanas.com bajo el acto de libre elección y bajo su propia Responsabilidad.

Nosotros no recolectamos ningún tipo de información de nuestros usuarios, no solicitamos ninguna dirección electrónica, número telefónico, o ningún otro tipo de dato personal.


Medimos el monto de tráfico que noticiasCubanas.com recibe, pero no esperamos compartir esta información con alguien, excepto nuestros socios de publicidad. Nos regimos bajo las normas Cubanas en cada cuestión legal, cualquier aspecto no clarificado aquí debe ser considerado sujeto bajo el sistema Legal de Cuba.



Si deseas saber como tu sitio de noticias puede formar parte de nuestro sitio NoticiasCubanas.com, o si deseas publicidad con nosotros.


Por favor, póngase en contacto para mas detalles.

Estaremos felices de responder a todas tus dudas y preguntas sobre NoticiasCubanas.com. ¡La casa de todas las noticias cubanas!


Sobre nosotros

NoticiasCubanas.com es la casa de todas las noticias cubanas, somos un sitio conglomerado de noticias en Cuba. Nuestro objetivo es darle importantes, interesante, actuales noticias sobre Cuba, organizadas en categorías.

Nosotros no escribimos noticias, solo recolectamos noticias de varios sitios cubanos. Nosotros no somos parte, solo proveemos noticias de todas las fuentes de Cuba, y de otras partes del mundo.

Nosotros tenemos un objetivo simple, deseamos brindarle al usuario el mayor monto de noticias con calidad sobre Cuba, y la visión que tiene el mundo sobre Cuba. Nosotros no evaluamos las noticias que aparecen en nuestro sitio, tampoco no es nuestra tarea juzgar las noticias, o los sitios de las noticias.

Deseamos servir a los usuarios de internet en Cuba con un servicio de calidad. Este servicio es gratuito para todos los cubanos y todos aquellos que estén interesados en las noticias cubanas y noticias internacionales sobre Cuba.